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Buffalo-Niagara nursing homes in desperate need of protective gear

Hospital workers across the region aren’t the only ones in desperate need for more personal protective equipment.

Nursing home leaders in Erie and Niagara counties put out an urgent plea this week for surgical and N95 respirator masks, no-touch thermometers and cleaning supplies.

“There is a dangerous shortage of PPE in these health care facilities and in this setting in particular, this equipment provides important two-way protection in terms of restricting the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living.

The association is working with Elderwood, the region’s largest senior care provider, to coordinate donations to all nursing homes in the two counties.

Donations may dropped off at Elderwood's development offices at 1142 Wehrle Drive in Amherst. To make arrangements, call Elderwood at 716-250-0062. Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Urgently needed supplies include professional grade materials unopened and within expiration dates: Disposable PPE; rsespirator masks (N95); surgical masks with or without face shields; no-touch thermometers; cleaning and disinfecting supplies, solutions and wipes; unopened boxes of latex or vinyl gloves; hand sanitizers; bleach in unopened bottles, sprays or wipes; protective glasses, goggles or face shields unused in a box or wrapper; unused respirators – 3M or MaxAir – as well as related hoods, filters, batteries, chargers and tubes; and disposable or reusable isolation gowns in any style or color.

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